ABS Thursday Notes- June 2, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                              June 2, 2017




Here’s a snapshot of what we did this year at ABS…


Try to Say it in One Breath…

New Alex Ewing Blackbox Theater, Back to School Night, 5th Dancing Classrooms, 1st Piedmont Club Visit, 4th Diana Greene writing, 4th SECCA art opening with life-sized self-portraits, John Ray bass and Diana Greene, K Dixie Classic Fair, 4th Hanging Rock, 6th Math & Science dances with Thao Nguyen and Ms. Adams, 3rd Swimming, 2nd African dance with Miss Dawanna, , Kinder & 1st Farmer’s Market, African Drumming with Mr. Bill, 3rd Natural Science Center, Drama games with Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi, Fall Festival, 1st Triad Farmers Market, 2nd “African Tales”, 1st Old Salem, 8th visit from Maestro Bob Moody, Author Visits, 1st Caves of Lascaux, Book Fair, 3rd Millis Health Center, 6th Blacksmith Demos, 8th Alamance Battlefield, WFU Museum of Anthropology visits: Africa, Drama games and combat training with Heidi McIver, 4th Old Salem, 8th Visit to water treatment plant, Children’s Theater visits, Positive Discipline parent workshop, K – 2 SciWorks, 1stWoodwind Quintet, 4th Guilford Battlefield, 4th UNCSA Nutcracker, 3rd “Renaissance Spectacles”, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, K-Kids Skate parties, Little Theatre visits, Amanda Sheek, Native American dancer/storyteller, 2nd Audiologist visit, UNCSA “PLUCK” dancers visit Kinder, 8thwalking/photo tour of downtown, 2nd Home Moravian pipe organ, 7th bookmaking with Terry Schupback-Gordon and Mr. Bob with Wayzgoose, Reynolda House visits, Reynolda Gardens visits, 5th Cowboys with Ms. Siebert, 3rd Old Salem, 2nd clay demos from Ms. Cohen and Nicole Uzell, Kinder “Peter and the Wolf” with UNCSA PLUCK, 8th natural dye chemistry with Gillian Morrow, Mad Science, 8th “Text + Context” with Diana Greene and the Pulizter Center; visits from artist Kyle T. Webster, 5th“Romeo & Juliet on the Border”, Open-Air all-school Friday Sing, 3rd Police, Courthouse and Fire Station visits, K-2 Piedmont/Fletcher Opera “Jack & the Beanstalk”, SciWorks visits, High School info night, Kinder puppet shows, Visits to Tanglewood, Writing Club, Art Club, Crazy Running, 4th “Like a Family”, with Reel Shady Band, 8th band and chorus Carowinds, Builder’s Club and K-Kids, Jump Rope for Heart, 7th opera “Brundibar” with professional orchestra and Maestro Perret, 8thdance class with Thao, Community Creates Fundraiser, K-Woolsey Farm, 4th Pilot Mountain, 7th Proximity Hotel Sustainability visit, Spirit weeks and pajama days, 6th short films, 2nd Haiku with Mr. Bob, Winter and Spring Band & Chorus concerts, K Bethabara Park, 1st Piedmont Environmental Center, 3rd Entrepreneur visits, 2nd Stonecutter, 8th “The Lion King”, 6th Earth Fair canvas bags, First Friday Sings.1st Grade “Three Cinderellas”, Kinder puppets with Mr. Bob, 4th Band “Instrument Introductions”, 2nd SECCA visit, 8th Graduation, Field Day.


Graduation Tonight!

The 8th grade graduation ceremony will be this evening at 6:00, in the new Ewing Black Box Theater at the back of the MLK building. Students should arrive between 5:30 and 5:45, dressed nicely (no shorts, flip-flops, or T-shirts.) The ceremony will last about 1/2 hour.


First Annual Summer Book Swap (MLK building)

Thank you to everyone who brought in books for the swap!  We have exceeded our goal and are excited to share these books with our students tomorrow at Field Day!

We hope to make this an annual event, so please keep us in mind next time you want to donate used children’s books.  We plan to collect books for next year’s event throughout next year.

We have compiled a list of local summer reading programs for you to consider.


Bookmarks Summer Reading Program

  • Read the appropriate number of books for your grade and complete a written or visual response.  All books on the book list are available to check out through the Forsyth County Public Libraries.
  • Turn in your completed entries by August 30th and receive a free book at the Bookmarks Festival on September 9th.
  • BONUS: The school with the most participation will receive free books for their school library!  Help us win by participating!
  • Bookmarks Grand Opening (independent bookstore & new headquarters) will take place on July 8th.
  • More information/calendar of events: http://www.bookmarksnc.org/summer-reading-2017

Forsyth County Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

  • BIG BANG BOOM! will kick-off Summer Reading on June 9th at Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter.
  • Participants are encouraged to read as many age-appropriate books as possible June 9- July 31.
  • All of the library locations have an array of special programs for children, teens, and adults. We aim to make summer a great time, not only to read, but to enjoy music, magic shows, author visits and many entertaining programs at the Library. Make plans to join the fun!
  • Keep an eye out for the re-opening of Central branch library this summer in downtown!
  • More information/calendar of events/reading lists:  http://www.forsyth.cc/Library/summerreading

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

  • The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal.  Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
    2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
    3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
  • More information/reading journals available at:  www.BN.com/summerreading



Bright Leaf Books Summer Reading Program

  • A NEW bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem (227 W. 5th Street)
  • Ages 3-12: bring in a completed reading sheet (7 books) to receive $4 store credit.
  • You may redeem one form per week (June 1st– August 31st).
  • More information/reading journals available at: www.brightleafbookshop.com


K-Kids Officers for 2017-2018

Congratulations to our K-Kids Officers for 2017-18:

President: Sadie Blalock

Vice-President: Bella Leab

Secretary: Cedar Nichols-Barnhart

Treasurer: Byron Jamerson


Yearbooks and Class Pictures             

Yearbooks and Class Pictures are still available for purchase in both buildings at the front desks.  Yearbooks are $20 and Class Pictures are $10.  Quantities are limited.


End of Year Checklist

  • Pick up medications from the front office
  • Be sure all fees and lunch balances are paid
  • Let us know if you will not be returning to ABS next year.  If your child is transferring to another school, please let us know where to send your child’s records by emailing Stephanie LeFever – slefever@artsbasedschool.com
  • Friday, June 2nd  is the last day of school.  Early dismissal.


Mr. Wilbur’s Music Camp

There are still a few spots open for the July 17 music camp.  Contact Ms. Wise in the front office or Mr. Wilbur at pwilbur@artsbasedschool.com